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From: John Max Skaller <skaller@o...>
Subject: Re: R: Consortium Caml
Daniel de Rauglaudre wrote:

> The Consortium is for companies: for people who make strategic decisions
> like using the language. It is not for individuals: as an individual, of
> course, you don't care that OCaml stops. But if you are the boss of a big
> company and decide to use it, it can be terrible if it no more supported.

	As an individual I _do_ care if Ocaml stops,
since I have invested considerable amounts of _my_ time and effort
into it, whereas companies have the resources to amortise risk,
and the 'big boss' didn't invest his money, and will still get
paid his salary.

	I only have one short life, and I have a vested interest
in Ocaml succeeding commercially that is far more important
to me than a small change in profits of some company.
This interest is not merely to obtain money from work,
but also to contribute to better practice, so I can feel
my life is worthwhile.

	Therefore, it would be useful if I could register that
interest, even if my financial contribution is small compared
to a large company: ultimately, Ocaml programs have to be written
by people.

	A Consortium may benefit from having both corporate members
and individuals, for example companies may be able to get more code
more cheaply from a pool of individuals who would be grateful for
_some_ funding for work they might well have done anyhow.

John (Max) Skaller,
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